The Yellow Jackets' Heisman Trophy candidate was held to just a pair of rushing yards on 15 carries during the Tigers' 27-13 win in Death Valley.
"We did an excellent job in stopping Nesbitt this game," said Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. "Nesbitt came into the game needing only 44 yards to beat Woody Dantzler's all time rushing record for quarterbacks in the ACC…he'll have to get those elsewhere."
Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson had plenty of praise for the Clemson defensive line.
"They're a physical football team. Those defensive linemen are going to play in the NFL," he said. "They whacked us around. You've got seniors whacking around freshmen and sophomores. That's what happened."
But it was a junior, Da'Quan Bowers, that did most of the damage. He was in on seven tackles, 2½ tackles for loss and a sack.
"The whole defensive front," said Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, "coach [Dan] Brooks and coach [Chris] Rumph did a great job of preparing those guys and making them understand that they had to be disruptive."
Malliciah Goodman had a team-high nine tackles, including one for loss. Jarvis Jenkins also had seven.
"The whole group of them were very disruptive," Steele said.
Corico Hawkins, who assisted of four tackles, typically has one of the best views of the Tigers' defensive line.
"Those guys do a great job, week in and week out," he said. "It's a lot of older guys there, so there's great leadership. They do a great job of keeping [linebackers] free from blockers, as well as they can."
Georgia Tech rushed for 242 yards—the third-lowest output of the season.
Anthony Allen rushed for a team-high 92 yards on 17 carries. Orwin Smith had 54 yards on four carries and Roddy Jones had 36 on five carries.
No Georgia Tech rusher scored a touchdown on the ground—the second-time that's happened all season.
Bowers said was all about patience, particularly when fishing for that sack.
"I knew if we kept doing our job, we'd have to put them in passing situations, and it would open up for us," he said. "It did."
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